Open Call: The Digital Rights Governance Framework


The Cities Coalition for Digital Rights led by the city of Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York City in partnership with United Cities and Local Governments, UN-Habitat, Eurocities, and Open Society Foundations, is launching an open call for experts and city governments to pilot the Digital Rights Governance Framework.

The open call invites qualified local governments and individuals to apply and contribute to identifying challenges and issues faced by local governments in the different areas of digital rights. The deadline to submit an entry to the open call is 27 February 2022. For more information, please visit their website.

The Digital Rights Governance Framework initiative seeks to support local governments in addressing ethical and digital rights’ aspects of their local digital strategies, policies, projects and services by providing context-specific and tailored assistance and advice. The project will support the design and piloting of a digital rights governance framework in three cities, that will include technical advice, ad-hoc support and advisory input. 


Emerging technologies affect people and communities worldwide, sometimes in unforeseen or unintended ways and local governments need support to put together enhanced models of governance to manage the opportunities and risks driven by technology. The deployment of digital solutions in cities must have transparency, accountability and community participation at the forefront of its practices in order to ensure technology is used to improve people’s lives in cities.


This initiative aims to tackle local digital-rights challenges and strengthen capacity around digital rights thematic areas such as digital inclusion, individual’s control and autonomy of data, transparency and accountability, public participation and community engagement, privacy, digital public goods and open digital infrastructures, procurement and a capacity building programme in such areas.